Scholarships & Awards

The AGC of Michigan is proud to recognize the outstanding performance of it's members in safety, education, training, innovation, partnering, and the work of the entire project team.

Apprentices of the Year 2014

Apprentices of the Year 2014

The "Apprentice of the Year" award is given to the top apprentice bricklayer, carpenter and operating engineer in the state. In addition to an award, the apprentices receive a cash award of $1,000 each. This award is co-sponsored by the AGC of Michigan, BAC Local 2, Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund and the Operating Engineers Local 324 Apprenticeship & Training Fund. Recipients of this award must demonstrate superior achievement in the following areas: Attendance and punctuality on the job, outstanding craft mastery and productivity, leadership skills and teamwork, safety awareness, spirit of competitiveness, commitment to their craft, employer and the construction community. The awards are presented at the AGC of Michigan's Annual Meeting (mid February).

Cornerstone Award for Training Excellence

The Cornerstone Award was created to award companies that have demonstrated outstanding records for advancing the quality of their employees through training. The Award recognizes two companies – a Regular Contractor member and a Specialty Contractor member. Winners of the Cornerstone Award receive an attractive trophy suitable for display and the winning companies’ outstanding training programs will be featured in the Michigan Constructor magazine with a circulation of more than 3,800 industry representatives in Michigan. The marketing possibilities from achieving this prestigious award are numerous.

Keystone Award for Education Excellence

The Keystone Award for Education Excellence honors exceptional and innovative professional development programs for construction supervisors, managers and executives. Programs considered offer education to construction site foreman, supervisors, superintendents, project engineers, project managers and/or other construction executives. Applicants must demonstrate how their program enhanced performance, improved productivity, increased professionalism, and/or contributed to company-wide and/or job site success. Program feedback and/or commentary from those completing your program could help distinguish nominations.

Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Award

Winners of the safety awards are determined by comparing the injury incident rate of each company. The injury incident rate is based on the the number of injury cases a firm experiences during the award year, as it relates to the total amount of work hours generated. Awards are broken into two categories, General Contractor and Speciality Contractor, which are divided into divisions based on the total work hours.



2017 Bricklayer Apprentice of the Year

Cornelius Nix

Cornelius demonstrates outstanding craft achievement and extreme pride in his work. He has shown excellent ability to lead and mentor other apprentices. He clearly understands what it takes to bring every project to a successful completion. Cornelius has a bright future in his chosen field.

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Cornelius Nix


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Chad Cox

2017 Ironworker Apprentice of the Year

Chad Cox

Chad exemplifies everything an Ironworker should be and sets an example for all those on site. His devotion to safety, work ethic, and quality workmanship set a standard for our industry. Chad displays a self-confidence that comes across as quiet leadership as well as a comradery that drew his class together.


2017 Cement Mason Apprentice of the Year

David Montes

David does not believe in doing anything less than his best. His dedication, creativity, ability, and knowledge have earned him the title of Journeyman and his tireless work ethic and positive attitude have gained the respect of all those he works with.

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David Montes


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Nicole Rice

2017 Construction Laborer Apprentice of the Year

Nicole Rice

Hailed as a "shining example of what can be accomplished with determination and the proper attitude", Nicole is a natural leader and mentor whose positive attitude and spirit of friendly competition is an inspiration to all those she works with. Her level of dedication is to be admired and imitated.



2017 Operating Engineer Apprentice of the Year

Corey Chandler

Corey’s leadership and communication skills, positive attitude and willingness to learn to ensure him a successful future in his chosen profession. He is a valuable asset to whatever team he works with.

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Corey Chandler


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Brian Cichocki

2017 Millwright Apprentice of the Year

Brian Cichocki

Brian’s work ethic, good attitude, competitive spirit, and integrity have made him an outstanding apprentice and valued employee. Brian was chosen for 3rd Year Leadership at the CITC in Las Vegas and serves as Vice President of the Millwright Apprenticeship Committee.